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Recreating the Star Wars opening crawl – tutorial for After Effects

We’ve all seen the movies – that iconic opening crawl at the start of Star Wars, which sets the scene for the 2 5 8 movies to follow, has often been replicated but never bettered (even though it was in turn heavily inspired by the earlier Flash Gordon titles). It’s also pretty easy to do using After Effects. In this video, I’ll take you through how to set up the text, background and the crawl itself, including some useful After Effects tips if you’re new to using it. Once you’ve followed the video through, change stuff! Make the titles green, make them run backwards, or see how you can generally mess with them – you never know what you might come up with…

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